STAGE DIRECTOR
 
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PRODUCTIONS

 
 

ABOUT ME

I am Artistic Director of Liminal Stage Productions, Associate Director at Omnibus Theatre (Peter Brook Royal Court Award Winner 2016), Education Associate Practitioner at the RSC and a freelance screen director currently in pre-production for a short. 

I create bold screen and stage experiences that innovate in form and content to push at the boundaries of what is possible, and that stimulate, challenge and inspire audiences of all backgrounds through truthful, powerful stories that ask potent questions about our contemporary world. I am passionate about giving voice to the voiceless, exploring the interplay between different media, genres and forms, and encouraging fairness, consistency, access, equality, diversity & sustainability within the UK theatre industry and its audiences.

I trained at the RSC with Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman, at the Donmar Warehouse on Trafalgar Season 2012/13, and at the Print Room with Lucy Bailey. In 2016, I creatively produced & directed the transfer of my formal experiment, GREY MAN, at Theatre503. I previously creatively produced and directed my ACE-funded HOWARD BARKER DOUBLE BILL at Arcola (2015) and my ACE-funded centennial adaptation of WOYZECK launching Omnibus Theatre (2013). My debut production, the UK premiere of Barker’s LOT & HIS GOD at the Print Room in 2012, kickstarted my directorial career, to great critical acclaim, following my year as Community & Education Officer at CFT.

In 2019 I was awarded a £10,000 Developing Your Creative Practice grant by ACE, and I have been generously supported by Live-In Guardians since 2015.

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OTHER WORK

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 FUNDRAISING & PRODUCING

I offer fundraising and producing consultancy services to individuals and organisations. I have 9 years' experience in fundraising within the arts sector and 8 years' experience of producing small-to-medium-scale productions Off West End and on regional tour. My fundraising portfolio includes several grants of under £15k and over £15k from Arts Council England, over £47k from philanthropic sources across 3 years, £53k from Trusts & Foundations, and in excess of £10k from corporate and other sources. I have worked as a successful fundraiser for Chichester Festival Theatre (£39k), Stage Directors UK and the Directors Charitable Foundation (£7k), Omnibus Theatre (£30k), and my own company, Liminal Stage Productions (£87k).

 EDUCATION & OUTREACH

I am an experienced workshop facilitator and education/community practitioner, with a vivid belief in the power of participation, active learning and practice as research. I am a long-term Education Associate Practitioner with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Workshop Facilitator/Stage Director with the Shakespeare Schools Festival. As Community & Education Officer at Chichester Festival Theatre, I designed and led workshops for a range of participants including: older adults in their 3rd and 4th ages, vulnerable adults (18-60+), HE students, FE students, secondary and primary pupils, young people who are NEET, international students, migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers. I have also worked as a Widening Participation Officer and Resident Tutor at the University of Warwick.

 LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE

Having been the youngest founding Board member of pioneering membership organisation, Stage Directors UK between 2014 and 2017, I now maintain a close relationship with this organisation through my work as an elected member of the Equity Directors & Designers Committee. I am also a Trustee of the Directors Charitable Foundation, the only UK charity dedicated to the welfare of directors in all media, through which I am especially passionate about widening access to, and the diversity of, the directing profession, and about promoting the exchange of skills, knowledge and contacts between stage and screen directors. I am interested in contributing to the governance and leadership of arts and culture organisations, and in contributing to interdisciplinary projects and centres.

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